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Title: Mrs. J. C. Croly to Walt Whitman, 2 May 1882

Date: May 2, 1882

Whitman Archive ID: loc.05753

Source: The Thomas Biggs Harned Collection of the Papers of Walt Whitman, 1842–1937, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. Transcribed from digital images or a microfilm reproduction of the original item. For a description of the editorial rationale behind our treatment of the correspondence, see our statement of editorial policy.

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New York1
May 2d./82

Mr. Walter Whitman
Camden N.J.
Dear Sir,

The Publisher and senior Editor of Demorest's Illustrated Magazine requests me to ask you for a Poem of sixty lines from your pen for which he offers fifty dollars.

It is for an Anniversary number, and must be sent before the fifteenth of May.

Any social or retrospective topic

Respectfully Yours
Mrs J. C. Croly


1. This letter was crossed out and repurposed by Whitman. On the back he drafted some lines that would end up in the article titled "Walt Whitman in Camden" and attributed to George Selwyn (The Critic 3 [28 February 1885], 97–98). [back]


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